VTechVaulter wrote:One thing that ive noticed is that in a lot of high school programs, coaches throw people who just aren't good in any other events into the pole vault. Dont ask me why this is, thats a different phenomena all together. But if you have a kid whos fast enough to be a good pole vaulter in high school (white or black) unless he specifically wants to be a pole vaulters, the caoches are gonna make him a sprinters. There are more decent sprint coaches in the high school level than vault coaches, its cheaper to develop sprinters, and lets face it, being a pole vaulter is a pain in the butt. I bet there would be a lot less hurdlers if they all had to bring their own 10 hurdles to every meet
I've been coaching fo 4 years now and realize how much other coaches do that. I have even been guilty of it myself. I know when considering a great athlete for the pole vault, I have to take in consideration the fact of how much time it takes to learn and practice and how much time that would take away from them practicing 4 or 5 other events. However, the fact remains that many coaches no nothing of the event, so if you are knowledgable, you can make an average athlete a good pole vaulter relative to the competition in a particular area.
The more I reflect on my decisions on who should be pole vaulters, the more I think about individual success. Let's say I have a girl who runs a 27.0 200, long jumps 17' and runs 60 for the 400. She will be a huge point scorer for my team, but in the grand scheme of things, she is far from special. However, if I make that same girl a pole vaulter, she could potentially be a great pole vaulter with the right attitude.